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  • Thanks and goodbye to Josh Yetman
    Mon, 04/08/2019 - 15:39

    We are very sorry to be saying goodbye to Josh Yetman, who has been an Assistant Legal Officer at FRU since September 2017. Josh has worked across social security and employment. He will be starting pupillage in September. FRU Chief Exec David Abbott said “Josh has been a first class legal officer, supporting hundreds of volunteers and taking on some of our most complex legal cases. We thank Josh very much for his fantastic work and wish him well for the future”.

  • Chair of the Bar Council pays a visit to FRU
    Wed, 04/03/2019 - 17:00

    We were very pleased to welcome Richard Atkins QC, the Chair of the Bar Council for 2019, to our office today. Richard spent the morning talking to staff, volunteers and a trustee about our work, and in particular how taking on FRU cases helps aspiring lawyers in their career. One volunteer told Richard “I’ve learnt so much... I can’t imagine why anyone who wants to come to the Bar wouldn’t do FRU”. We are grateful to the Bar Council for its ongoing support and to Richard for taking the time to come and speak to our volunteers about his time at the Bar.


  • FRU welcomes our latest trainee secondee from Linklaters LLP
    Wed, 04/03/2019 - 16:47

    Imogen Leipnik has joined FRU for 6 months. Imogen is a trainee solicitor with Linklaters LLP. Linklaters has been a long-standing supporter of FRU and their support includes placing a trainee with us for 6 months of each year. Imogen will be taking on some cases as an tribunal representative and assisting us in the office. We look forward to working with her until September.

  • Welcome to Heloise Ramage-Hayes
    Tue, 03/12/2019 - 12:19

    Welcome to our newest FRU colleague Heloise Ramage-Hayes, who joins us today. Heloise is our new employment assistant legal officer. She already has fantastic experience as a FRU volunteer advocate and a Citizens Advice adviser.

  • FRU annual report highlights commitment to diversity
    Wed, 02/27/2019 - 16:12

    FRU has published our latest annual report and accounts for the period 2017 – 18. The report sets out our achievements and highlights for the year.

    The key points include:

    • We were saddened by the loss of two of our senior judicial patrons; Lord Browne Wilkinson and Sir Henry Brooke
    • We represented 494 people in tribunal proceedings and trained 864 law students
    • We focussed on inputting to the work of relevant policy makers. For example we made a submission to an inquiry being undertaken by the Work & Pension Parliamentary Select Committee on the assessment of disability benefits. The Committee report drew on our evidence.
    • The Senior President of Tribunals cited FRU’s work as an exemplar of the legal profession’s civic engagement in a public speech.
    • We continued to demonstrate our commitment to equality, diversity and promoting human rights. For example we joined the organisation devoted to promoting diversity at the Bar, FreeBar, we took legal casework to establish the rights of minority community members and we welcomed a visit from a human rights NGO form Hong Kong.
    • Our successful partnership with the Legal Advice Centre at Nottingham Law School continued, with the LAC taking on 75 cases.
    • We welcomed two new trustees appointed by the Chair of the Bar Council; Alison Padfield QC and Jeremy Johnson QC.
    • We were grateful for the support of a range of stakeholders, including the Legal Education Foundation and Trust for London.
    • We had a challenging year financially, resulting in a loss of £92,794 and we are taking robust steps to improve this position.

    You can view the full report and previous years here.